Yesterday’s 2012 Ballarat Cup has been won by King Diamond at Ballarat Racecourse.
The six-year-old was able to turn his form right around for the $200,000 Ballarat Cup, after placing ninth in his past two race starts this preparation.
King Diamond won the Listed Ballarat Cup by a nose in front of Pelicano, who finished second, and Exceptionally, who continued her frustrating spring with a third placing.
Trainer Jarrod McLean was thrilled to have scored a win in the 2012 Ballarat Cup in what was only his second start as trainer of the Danewin gelding.
King Diamond was originally trained by Mark Kavanagh, before being sent to Peter Moody.
However, his biggest win came under the guidance of Warnambool trainer Mclean, who attributes his success to training sessions at the beach.
“It’s a big thrill and an advertisement for the beach at Warrnambool,” McLean said.
“He came to me from two very good trainers in Mark Kavanagh and Peter Moody.
“I backed right off him to get him feeling better.
“These old horses can gallop. You’ve just got to get them sound and the beach is the key.”
Owner Rob Slade confirmed that the switch of trainer was made to combat King Diamond’s joint problems.
“He was feeling his joints and had a few niggly problems and Peter said he would be better off trained at the beach,” Slade said.
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2012 Ballarat Cup Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||5||KING DIAMOND||Jarrod McLean||Brad Rawiller||–||6||56.5kg||$41|
|2||11||PELICANO||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||0.1L||13||54kg||$7.50|
|3||3||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||1.35L||5||58.5kg||$5.50|
|4||9||DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Michael Rodd||1.55L||12||55.5kg||$31|
|5||14||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||2.8L||1||54kg||$31|
|6||10||MODULE (NZ)||Peter Gelagotis||Ryan Plumb||2.9L||3||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$31|
|7||4||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||Ryan Maloney||3.9L||14||58kg||$2.70F|
|8||1||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Darren Weir||Steven Arnold||4.3L||9||60kg||$9|
|9||12||ALMODOVAR (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Jason Benbow||4.4L||11||54kg||$31|
|10||13||SISTER NORMA||Greg Eurell||Dean Holland||4.6L||4||54kg||$61|
|11||2||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Jamie Mott||5.85L||10||59.5kg||$20|
|12||8||TURNITUP||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5.95L||7||56.5kg||$9.50|
|13||6||STREAKY FELLA||Aaron Purcell||Glen Boss||6.45L||2||56.5kg||$41|
|14||7||TEXAN WARNEY||Darryl Dodson||Ms Holly McKechnie||9.45L||8||56.5kg||$41|